12/14/2006

Jim Allchin wanted a Mac

Filed under: — menk @ 11:17 am

An e-mail in which Jim Allchin (Windows Development Chief) suggests he feels that Windows is so flawed he would prefer a Macintosh has been entered into evidence in the ongoing Iowa Microsoft Antitrust trial. The e-mail whose subject was “Losing our Way” was sent to Steve Ballmer (CEO) and Bill Gates (Co-founder and Chairman) in January of 2004. In the e-mail, Allchin points out that Microsoft has no concern for the value they deliver to the customer and that the Vista OS product in development is fundamentally flawed. He notably also points out that Microsoft products are so bad he would buy a Mac if he didn’t work at Microsoft.

Mr. Allchin says, “I’m not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft.”

Microsoft’s Allchin: I would buy a Mac if I was not being paid by Microsoft!

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